Stonehenge Q & A
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) board recently approved the purchase of Stonehenge Farm, 4875 Headquarters Road, adjacent to the CVRD exhibition grounds. (CVRD news release)
- Is this the site where the new bridge and highway connector are going to go?
- How will you decide what the property is used for?
- How would this benefit residents of the Comox Valley?
Q. Is this the site where the new bridge and highway connector are going to go?
A. The proposed route doesn't go through this property. There is a Ministry of Transportation and Highways webpage that is available (link to : http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-infrastructure/projects/north-courtenay-connector ) that illustrates the proposed connector route. There is a proposed traffic circle in the vicinity of this property at the intersection of Dove Creek and Headquarter Roads where the connector will join.
A. The long term site use will be determined through a review and update of the 2008 Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds (CVEG) site master plan process that will be led by the CVRD community services branch. As this property is within the agricultural land reserve (ALR) any future site developments would have to adhere to both the City of Courtenay and ALR permitting and zoning bylaws.
Q. How would this benefit residents of the Comox Valley?
A. The exhibition grounds is viewed as a park and is considered a valued community asset. Acquiring this site adds new opportunities to the exhibition grounds for future site development as growth continues in the Comox Valley. Further expansion enhances agricultural, equestrian and cultural activities that currently take place on the site. These activities provides economic generation opportunities throughout the region. Future development of the site could enhance or develop partnerships with user groups that could benefit the Comox Valley, from the large rentals such as Vancouver Island Musicfest and the Comox Valley Exhibition, to the consistent long-term renters: Comox Valley Farmers Market and Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society, to the equestrian and canine user groups. There is much opportunity for this facility to accommodate more user groups, events and programs in the future.